SAN FRANCISCO – The Village Project and Community Partners will present their 13th annual Kwanzaa celebrations throughout San Francisco with seven days of community events, beginning Dec. 26, 2018 through Jan. 1, 2019.
The Village Project, founded by Adrian Williams, is a youth service organization focusing on education and cultural enrichment for youth and their families in the Western Addition. Williams has revived the celebration of Kwanzaa throughout San Francisco by connecting traditional African American communities for this celebration.
Striving to unite and strengthen family, community and nation, each of the seven principles of Kwanzaa (the Nguzo Saba) will be celebrated with 17 free events in nine neighborhoods. The George Davis Senior Center and the Visitation Valley branch of the San Francisco Public Library are new additions to this year’s schedule.
Each hosting organization will present exciting and enriching cultural programs intended to entertain and engage the entire family. A spiritual ceremony led by Brotha’ Clint Sockwell and Malik Seneferu – pouring libations and honoring ancestors – will start each event, followed by a feast, live entertainment and the lighting of one of the seven candles of the Kinara.
This year’s celebration started at City Hall on Dec. 26, 2018, with Umoja (Unity) and will end at St. Cyprian’s Episcopal Church on Jan. 1, 2019 at 6 p.m., with the lighting of the final candle, Imani (Faith).
Headliners are a myriad of rhythm & blues and jazz performers, featuring Tia Carroll, The Silver Fox, Raja, and The John Coltrane Band. Phavia Kujichagulia, author, griot, and spoken word musician, will tantalize at the San Francisco Public Library. There will also be other spoken word artists and drumming, followed by a feast of savory delights.
The Silver Fox and his blues band will close this year’s celebration at St. Cyprian’s Episcopal Church.
ALL EVENTS ARE FREE & OPEN TO THE COMMUNITY
Kwanzaa 2018 Schedule
Sat., Dec 29, 2018: 11:00 a.m., S.F. Library/MoAD (Visitation Valley Branch), 201 Leland Ave; 1:00 p.m. – Boys & Girls Club, 380 Fulton @ Gough; 3:00 p.m. – Booker T. Washington Community Center, 800 Presidio @ Sutter; 5:00 p.m. – OMI Family Resource Center/Minnie & Lovie, 650 Capitol Ave., performance by The West Coast Blues Society Blues Band.
Sun., Dec. 30, 2018: 1:00 p.m. – S.F. Main Library, 100 Larkin St., a performance by Phavia Kujichagulia; 4:00 p.m. Third Baptist Church, a keynote address by Rev. Amos Brown.
Mon., Dec. 31, 2018: 1:00 p.m.: Western Addition Family Resource/Western Addition Senior Center, performance by the Blues Ryders Band; 5:00 p.m. Potrero Hill Family Resource Center/Potrero Hill Recreation Center, 801 Arkansas @23rd – DJ, MC
Tues., Jan. 1, 2019: 6 pm – St. Cyprian’s Episcopal Church, 2097 Turk @ Lyons, a performance by The Silver Fox Blues Band
For more information, please call (415) 424-2980 or go to